Attorney Gerry Goldstein Recalls Racy “Deep Throat” Case

As reported by the San Antonio Express-News, attorney Gerry Goldstein’s landmark case State of Texas v. Richard C. Dexter concerning the adult film “Deep Throat” is one that still teaches lessons about law.

Richard C. Dexter was arrested four consecutive nights in 1974 and charged with commercial obscenity and felony possession of a criminal instrument after the opening of the X-rated film at the Fiesta Theater.

Prosecutors led by District Attorney Ted Butler claimed explicit sexual acts in the film were “morbid and shameful, patently offensive and without redeeming social value.” Prosecutors argued the trial would establish a standard for obscenity.

Goldstein had a panel of expert witnesses, including psychiatrists, psychologists and sex therapists, who testified that “Deep Throat” was harmless entertainment, humorous and could be educational.

Read the original article published by the San Antonio Express-News.

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